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John Locke and America: The Defence of English Colonialism

Barbara Arneil


This book considers the context of the colonial policies of Britain, John Locke's contribution to them, and the importance of these ideas in his theory of property. It also reconsiders the debate about Locke's influence in America, challenging a number of other interpretations. The book breaks new ground in its interpretation of Locke's writings about the Amerindians and English colonisation of America—a subject largely overlooked in the past. The book argues that Locke's theory of property must be understood in connection with the philosopher's political concerns, as part of his endeavour to ... More

Keywords: John Locke, theory of property, English colonisation, Lord Shaftesbury, civil society

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1996 Print ISBN-13: 9780198279679
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198279679.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Arneil, author